Christian Aid – Vilia’s story

Vilia lost her mum and her home when the earthquake struck Port-au-Prince in 2010. Bereaved and homeless, she went back to her home town with her husband and children. But life was a struggle, and they had nowhere safe to live.

Christian Aid’s partner KORAL built Vilia a new home that has given protection to dozens of others, too. On the terrifying night in 2016 when Hurricane Matthew hit, 50 of Vilia’s neighbours fled to shelter with her for several days. Despite the ferocity of the hurricane, which swept away surrounding homes, her house was barely damaged.

Vilia is incredibly grateful for the help she’s received, and she’s used it to help others. But she knows that many of her neighbours are struggling and wishes that they could receive help, too.

From 13 – 20 May, during Christian Aid week, churches in Britain will come together to pray, campaign and raise money to improve the lives of people like Vilia. In Bowdon, our team of house to house collectors aims to visit every home in the parish. The money we raise for Christian Aid benefits people of every faith; it is our Christian response to the needs of the world. Our actions this Christian Aid week could help change the life of our global neighbours like Vilia and her family.

Please respond generously to Christian Aid week, by volunteering to help us collect or by giving generously. Thank you!

Kate Stross – Christian Aid Coordinator